Blessing: Hermes values wit and daring, dependability and promptness. He despises tediousness and idleness, and when he sees this setting in, will shake things up, just to see what happens. He aids thieves, magicians, messengers, gamblers, and public speakers.
Epithets: Agreiphontes (Argus-Slaying), Dioktoros (Messenger), Enodios (of the Road), Eriounios (Luck-Bringer), Kerykes (Herald), Khthonios (of the Earth), Kourotrophos (Protector of Youth), Kranaios, Kriophoros (Ram-Bearer), Logios (of Speech), Nomios (Protector of Flocks), Propulaios (Before the Gates), Psukhopompos (Conveyer of Souls), Trismegestos (Thrice-Greatest)
Festivals: Hermaia (celebrated on various dates) Khutroi: 13 Anthestrion (February-March) 4th day of the month
Ways to honor: Be cunning and daring. Work smarter, not harder. Study divination and magic - both of the sacred and the stage variety. Gamble. Travel, especially if you find yourself in a rut. If you drop change, leave it. If you find some, pick it up and thank Hermes for the gift. Always deliver messages entrusted to you, especially those to and from the dying. Sit with a dying friend or relative. Be their guide to the next world.
For more information: Aeschylus' Eumenides, and Prometheus Bound Apollodorus' Library 1.6.2-3, 2.1.3, 2.4.2-3, 3.2.1, 3.4.3, 3.10.2 Dio Chrysostom's Orations 78.19 Euripides' Ion Herodotus' The Histories 2.51, 2.67, 2.138 Hesiod's Theogony 440, 938 Hesiod's Works and Days 65 Homer's Iliad 24.330, 24.334-469, 24.679-694, 182, 437-439, 461 Homer's Odyssey 5.145, 5.28-148, 8.320, 10.275-308, 24.1-10 Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2.334-384, 407 Homeric Hymn to Hermes 4 Homeric Hymn to Hestia 29 Hyginus' Fabulae 195 Hyginus' Poetica Astronomica 2.7, 2.16, 2.42 Ovid's Metamorphoses 2.685-835, 8.618-724, 11.303-317, 4.288-293 Ovid's Fasti 5.667 Pausanias' Description of Greece 1.24.3, 2.19.7, 2.3.4, 4.33.3, 5.19.5, 5.7.10, 7.20.3, 8.16.1, 8.17.5, 8.36.10 9.5.8, 9.30.1 Papyri Graeci Magicae 5.172-212, 5.403-407, 7.672-676, 7.919-924, 17b.5, Pindar's Olympian Odes 6.79-80 Pindar's Pythian Odes 2.10, 12 Plato's Cratylus 407e-408a Plato's Phaedrus 264c Sophocles' Searching Satyrs
Blessing: Aphrodite gives to her worshippers the blessings of joy, passion, freedom, whimsy, and appreciation of beauty in all of its forms. She presides over all types of love - from the primal stirring of the loins to the noblest kind of patriotism and love of the Gods. The bonds of friendship and family and lovers are especially sacred to her. She brings together instead of tears apart, creates as opposed to destroys. Epithets: Aligena (Sea Born), Ambologera (She Who Postpones Old Age), Anaduomene (Rising from the Sea), Androphonos (Killer of Men), Anosia (Unholy), Apostrophia (She Who Turns Herself Away), Areia (of Ares), Basilis (Queen), Eleemon (Merciful), Enoplios (Bearing Weapons), Epipontia (On the Sea), Epitragidia (She Upon the Buck), Epitumbidia (She Upon the Graves), Euplois (Fair Sailing), Genetullis (Genetrix), Heteira (Courtesan), Kallipugos (of the Beautiful Buttocks), Kallisti (the Fairest), Khruse (Golden), Kupris (Cyprian), Kuprogenes (Cyprus-born), Kuthereia (Kytherean), Melainis (Black), Morpho (Shapely), Ourania (Heavenly), Pandemos (of All People), Pasiphaessa (the Far-Shining), Pelagia (of the Sea), Philomeides (Laughter-Loving), Porne (Fleshy; Prostitute), Skotia (Dark), Summakhia (Ally in War), Tumborukhos (Gravedigger)
Symbols: seashell, roses, mirror
Animal(s): dove, swan, sparrow, lynx
Sacrifices: copper, emerald, turquoise, rose, myrtle, clover, benzoin, sandalwood, apple
Festivals: Adonia: (celebrated on different dates) Aphrodisia: 5 Hekatombaion (July-August) 4th day of the month
Ways to honor: The best way to honor Aphrodite is to love. If you are in a relationship, remember why you originally fell in love with that person. Then show them: seduce them all over again! If you're not, find someone to love. Or help other people to do so. Become a match-maker. Be flirtatious. Make your surroundings beautiful with perfumes, flowers, elegant fabrics, and exotic foods. Learn new sexual techniques. Write erotic stories or poetry, or take naughty pictures of yourself or a loved one. Support sex-workers. Promote safer sex practices.